Born in Venezuela, Geisel Power had a passport before she could walk. She spent holidays traveling with family, so it was only appropriate that she was drawn to the travel industry. After a 20-year career as a hotelier for top hotel-groups like Four Seasons and InterContinental, Geisel decided to use her personal experience and become a luxury travel advisor in the Brownell Hosting Program.
Learn more about Geisel’s decision to choose Brownell + some of her travel favorites below.
I was fortunate to know Brownell from my past Hotel Life, so I did not have to do a lot of research.
2. Why did you choose Brownell as your host agency?
As a Hotelier I was exposed to many agencies, all great in their own way. The one thing that always fascinated me, as an outsider, was the sense of unity and camaraderie that I perceived from the Brownell team. There was a genuine feel of advisors, employees and leadership team being family and not just colleagues. This, for me, made it a no-brainer choice.
3. What aspect of Brownell are you most excited about?
I am most excited about learning how to expand my travel industry horizon. Now I get to do what I love, from a very ample and diverse angle — that is definitely what I am most excited about.
4. What advice would you give to someone who wants to join the travel industry?
Do your research, ask a lot of questions and truly understand this is a committed career. This is far from a hobby. It’s a big responsibility to manage your client’s most valued assets: their time and the memories with loved ones. There is nothing to be taken lightly.
5. Why should someone join the travel industry?
There are many rewards in this industry because it is an intricate component of the world turning. The world cannot move without planes, trains, buses, hotels, convention centers, guides and so on. We are all linked to the travel industry to make sure all this happens. And after all that hard work, everyone needs a break, so you have leisure travel! If you want a more simple answer, it is ever changing and a lot of fun!
7 Questions with…
1. What was the best meal you’ve ever had while traveling?
It was in Budapest, on a Sunset River Cruise on the Danube. Best Libamaj, (Foie Gras) and best swordfish I have ever had in my life. The desserts were also incredible; this was the first time I tried chimney cakes and Dobos Torte. Of course having the sunset over the Parliament as a backdrop would elevate any meal, but it was one of my most memorable meals indeed.
2. What popular destination lives up to the hype?
London. Because no matter how many times you go, how many places you visit, or how many different hotels you stay in, you’ve never seen all of London.
3. What is the up and coming destination right now?
Colombia and Panama are definitely two that keep coming up on the radar, and I love that they are on the map. I am obsessed with Colombia, always have been!
Cannot decide yet, that is why I keep traveling! In all honesty, I think favorite destinations go hand in hand with time in your life. If you asked me in my teens what my favorite destination was, I would say NYC — the lights, the vibe the walking city, theater and endless activities. In my 20’s, the Caribbean/Mexico the beach, friends, party, and plenty of sunshine (and no sunscreen). In my 30’s South America/Europe seeking more culture, culinary, guided tours and more personalized experiences. In my 40s (my new decade) I have yet to find out!
5. What is the best travel advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t overschedule yourself. This is the simplest yet the best travel advice. When we travel we tend to overbook ourselves with activities leaving no downtime to allow your surroundings to sink in, to blend in with the locals, to just enjoy truly being there and not thinking you need to move on to the next thing. I always say if you are a planner and feel every moment of your trip needs to be on a schedule, then make sure down time makes it on the agenda!!!!
6. What is your travel motto?
Always learn and experience the local culture. Your trip is only half full if you don’t.
7. What has been the most inspirational destination you’ve visited?
Ireland. It was unexpected and was literally filling a hole in my itinerary at the time. Once I got there, I could not get enough of the beauty, the joy of its people and the Whisky ! It truly inspired me to focus on off-the-beaten-path and non-traditional destinations as first pick.